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  • Commerce Commission files proceedings against real estate agencies

    Commerce Commission files proceedings against real estate agencies





    The Commerce Commission says it has filed proceedings in the Auckland High Court for alleged price fixing and anti-competitive behaviour by 13 national and regional real estate agencies, a company owned by a number of national real estate agencies, and three individuals.The Commission says it has also issued warnings to an additional eight agencies for their role in the conduct.
    The proceedings relate to alleged conduct in 2013 and 2014 by the national head office of five major


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  • Sir Kerry Burke admits drink-driving

    Sir Kerry Burke admits drink-driving

    Former Speaker of the House Sir Kerry Burke has been convicted of drink-driving in the Christchurch District Court. Burke, 73, admitted driving with a breath-alcohol level of 517mcg of alcohol to a litre of breath. Police prosecutor Sergeant Glenn Pascoe said Burke was found driving his Volkswagen in Christchurch at 4.54pm on November 14.Alcohol levels above 250mcg draw an infringement notice, and levels above 400mcg mean prosecution at court. Defence counsel Andy Ogilvie said it was Burke's ...
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  • Supreme Court says Red Devils gang case should have gone to trial

    Supreme Court says Red Devils gang case should have gone to trial




    The case against the former Red Devils motorcycle gang in Nelson should have gone to trial, according to New Zealand's highest court, h
    owever, the country's top judge has broken ranks with the Supreme Court, saying that allowing the trial to continue would be a "serious affront to the criminal justice system".

    The opinion of the Supreme Court and Chief Justice, Dame Sian Elias, is of no consequence now. The case against the Red Devils, known as Operation...
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  • Crooked Judge Knighted

    Crooked Judge Knighted




    Sir Terence Arnold’s past conduct would likely preclude his ability to become a judge in any other law-abiding country, let alone be awarded a knighthood for his services to justice in New Zealand. Sir Terence is generally known in the NZ legal community to have engaged in criminal activity as Solicitor General serious enough that it could have landed him in prison had the matter gone to trial. Rob Moodie, the lawyer representing Margaret and Keith Berryman in a long-r...
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  • Scott Watson support group launches fundraising campaign

    Scott Watson support group launches fundraising campaign


    Facebook group Free Scott Watson - HE IS INNOCENT has launched a fundraising campaign to support Scott Watson and his family in their ongoing legal battle https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/scottfree/ So far, nearly $1500 has been raised. On New Year's Day 1998, Ben Smart and Olivia Hope disappeared from a party at Furneaux Lodge in the Marlborough Sounds. Over the ensuing months, Police focused their enquiries on Watson. In 1999, he was found guilty of the young pair's murders, an...
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  • Court refuses to correct its own error !

    Court refuses to correct its own error !



    Justices Randerson, French, and Kos of the New Zealand Court of Appeal
    today refused to grant an application to correct errors in a sealed Judgment of the Court, recently found to be materially different from the actual decision of the Court.

    The original decision and orders of the Court in 2003 awarded costs to the executors of a deceased estate, however the disputed judgment issued a week later differed from the decision by recording the costs were awarded to one of
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  • Phillip Smith's Brazilian judge busted

    Phillip Smith's Brazilian judge busted


    While convicted murderer Phillip John Smith continues to run the gauntlet of the New Zealand court system since his deportation to New Zealand from Brazil late last year, an interesting postscript to this saga which gripped the nation after Smith fled under a false passport while on temporary release from prison has been revealed last week by the Wall Street Journal. The Brazil Judge who ordered Smith’s deportation, Judge Flavio Roberto de Souza (pictured), has been forced into early ...
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  • Mandatory drug testing for judges and lawyers ?

    Mandatory drug testing for judges and lawyers ?



    After several high profile drug cases involving members of the New Zealand Police and the legal profession, the New Zealand Justice Forum today called for the mandatory drug testing of all officers of the Court.

    These recent convictions have shown that the legal professions, like other segments of New Zealand society are not immune from the ravages of drugs and alcohol, leading to delusional behavior. Forum spokesperson Mark Adams said today; “ Whether it is half...
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  • State agency failings allowed Philip Smith to flee NZ

    State agency failings allowed Philip Smith to flee NZ


    A long-awaited official inquiry into the escape of the convicted murderer and sex offender Phillip John Smith has found a wide range of failings in several state agencies enabled him to leave the country.
    The report was commissioned after Smith fled to South America while on short-term release from Springhill Prison in Waikato.

    He was serving a life sentence for murdering the father of a boy he had sexually assaulted, for kidnapping, and other charges.
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  • Serial rapist unchecked for 20 years

    Serial rapist unchecked for 20 years

    A serial rapist went unchecked for more than 20 years in Hamilton despite two police investigations and his martial arts club being warned. Stephen Wallace, the owner of Incorporated Martial Arts in Hamilton, was found dead at his home in September after police launched a third investigation into sex abuse claims. The police said they could not push the earlier cases to prosecution because of a lack of evidence.But one man who says he was a victim, who does not want to be named, said this i...
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  • Judge Goddard refuses to answer MPs' questions
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    The former New Zealand judge who headed a UK inquiry into child sexual abuse has said she will not appear before British MPs to answer questions about her time in charge. Dame Lowell Goddard said for her to be summoned would compromise the inquiry's "independence and integrity". She also hit out at "malicious, defamatory attacks" by the British media and said she was disappointed the government had not defended her. British MPs have asked the former head of the child sex abuse inquiry to expl...
    11-11-2016, 12:47 PM
  • Judge Lowell Goddard's epic fail
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    Dame Lowell Goddard, the New Zealand judge who resigned last week as chair of the £100 million (N$183.5m) Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), did not leave her post voluntarily but was effectively fired. Dame Lowell, appointed by then-Home Secretary Theresa May just over a year ago, had already lost the confidence of senior staff and members of the inquiry panel, according to two well-placed legal sources. The Home Office has denied she was sacked, according to reports. After she ...
    09-08-2016, 11:07 AM
  • Sir Ngatata Love's lawyer claims agreement had no impact on Trust
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    Sir Ngatata Love's lawyer Colin Carruthers QC says the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) theory against his client is wrong, with a key agreement placing no financial cost on the Wellington Tenths Trust. The former leading Treaty of Waitangi negotiator and academic is on trial in the High Court at Wellington, accused of obtaining funds by deception, or alternatively of obtaining a secret commission.The charges relate to allegations that Love showed favour to Auckland property developer Redwood, and ...
    05-08-2016, 02:44 PM
  • Transport boss pleads guilty to corruption charges
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    The Serious Fraud Office says the guilty plea yesterday by an Auckland Council manager to corruption charges shows the dangers in not questioning a culture of gratuities. Barrie Kenneth James George, 69, this morning at the High Court at Auckland pleaded guilty to two charges of accepting bribes as a public official when he took gifts worth $103,580 between 2005 and 2012. The gifts included cash, and lavish overseas holidays for George and his family. SFO Director, Julie Read welcomed the guilty plea...
    04-08-2016, 10:40 AM
  • Identities of corrupt JP's stay secret
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    The identities of Justices of the Peace disciplined for incompetence, making false allegations or misusing their title for personal gain are being kept secret by the Ministry of Justice.In the case of the above JP Denis Selwyn Callesen of Keri Keri, the Crown Law Office even halted a private prosecution against Mr Callessen after evidence emerged that Mr Callessen and his former secretary Robin Morris had perverted the course of justice.

    The Ministry believes the privacy of...
    23-07-2016, 12:35 PM
  • Government funded escape artist Philip Smith found guilty
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    The murderer who embarrassed New Zealand law and border authorities by flying to Brazil while on temporary release from prison has been convicted for the audacious escape. Charges of escaping lawful custody and making a false statement to renew a passport have been added to Phillip John Smith's lengthy criminal record, along with murder, child sex abuse, kidnapping, tax fraud and arson. In an unusual legal procedure, a jury was chosen at the Auckland District Court today and the judge immedia...
    22-07-2016, 02:05 PM
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